Overview – Bwindi Impenetrable NP

Bwindi Impenetrable NP is a UNESCO world heritage site and it is the best place in Uganda to track mountain gorillas. The park protects half the world's population and has several habituated groups. The forest is also a bird-watcher's paradise with 350 species recorded, including many Albertine Rift endemics.

Best Time to Go June to August and December to February
High Season June to September (Gorilla permits are scarce)
Size 321km² / 124mi²
Altitude 1,300-2,462m / 4,265-8,077ft

Pros and Cons

  • Excellent gorilla tracking with almost guaranteed sightings
  • Superb bird-watching available with knowledgeable guides
  • Unspoiled rainforest
  • Community projects including a village visit
  • Access roads are bad in the rainy season
  • Very expensive gorilla tracking permit and limited availability (but cheaper than in Rwanda)

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Wildlife

Aside from the endangered mountain gorillas, nine other primate species are found in the forest. These include chimpanzee, olive baboon, black-and-white colobus and l'Hoest monkey. Elephant are present but seldom seen. Bushbuck and several types of forest duiker can sometimes be spotted. The park has a very impressive bird and butterfly checklist.

Scenery

Bwindi is a pristine rainforest on the edge of the Albertine Rift Valley. The terrain is a string of ridges and valleys covered in very dense, impenetrable forest. Bwindi has one of the most diverse species of flora in East Africa and it is harbors ten tree species, which don’t occur anywhere else in the country.

Weather & Climate

The rain rarely lets up at Bwindi, with the heaviest falls occurring from March to May and September to November. Pack plenty of wet-weather gear to combat the drizzle. The forest’s mild climate is easier to enjoy in the drier months (June to August and December to February).

Beste Time to Visit

Tracking gorillas is best when Bwindi’s trails are not so sodden and the sunshine is greater (June to August and December to February). Slippery trails and unrelenting mist make wildlife watching more challenging during the wetter months of the year, although migratory birds do appear at such times.

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Gorillas in the Mist
5/5

Tracking mountain gorillas has been one of my ultimate wildlife experiences ever. I love all primates, but there is something about looking these gentle giants in the eyes, that blows your mind. Unlike habituated chimpanzees that seem...

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Amazing to see the gorillas and Bwindi is spectacular.